Describe the Relationship Between Pip and Joe in Part One of the Novel Great Expectations

Topics: Great Expectations, Miss Havisham, Estella Havisham Pages: 3 (962 words) Published: November 11, 2011
Describe the relationship between Pip and Joe in Part One of he novel Great Expectations

Joe is “married by hand” to Mrs Gargery, of whom Pip is also “brought up by hand”. The two characters in the book Great Expectations envelop in a long, changing journey of their relationship throughout the progression of the book, as it becomes affected by many external factors which are beyond the control of the beholders.

In chapter two the close bond between Joe and Pip can be observed. Firstly, despite the age gap between Pip and Joe, both are at the receiving end of Mrs Gargery’s physical abuse. Pip remarks ironically and good humouredly that both of them were “fellow sufferers”. This quotation illustrates that Pip and Joe have a special, secret union, a unique bond in which they unite together in order to free themselves from the cruel Mrs Gargery. Another example of where this is portrayed is the bread eating competition; “to enter upon our friendly competition”. As the meals are ate in silence (Mrs Joe’s commands), Pip and Joe attempt to communicate and comfort each other through the manner in which the bread is ate. This shows that Joe and Pip have a strong relationship in chapter 2 and that they enjoy each others company.

In chapter six, Pip says “But I loved Joe… because the dear fellow let me love him”. This shows that in Pip’s early childhood, Joe is seen as an equal. This is most likely because both Joe and Pip venture through the pain inflicted by Mrs Joe, and Joe is the only character in the book that shows love and affection for Pip. This can be observed in chapter seven, when Pip reveals “I had a new sensation of feeling conscious that I was looking up to Joe in my heart." These quotations suggest that maybe Pip looks up to Joe and that Joe is Pip’s comrade and confidant. The quote “ever the best of friends”, shows that Joe thinks of Pip as his equal too, unlike the other characters in the book who think of Pip as inferior to them, “he was a world...
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